As if you didn’t have enough on the agenda for this weekend (hello, Halloween!), we’ve rounded up a nice list of options to keep you busy and out of trouble (FYI: We’ve already told you about a handful of noteworthy Halloween parties worth checking out here). Now, go dig out last year’s costume…
Screening of Beetlejuice at The Rio Theatre
Get into the Halloween mood this Friday and dress in your most outlandish Beetlejuice-inspired costume and grab tickets to The Rio Theatre’s screening of Beetlejuice. They’ve got all the bases covered with a licensed bar, buttery popcorn, and prizes for best character-themed costume.
PNE’s Fright Nights
The PNE is definitely a worthwhile spot to head to for some old-fashioned haunted house fun at Fright Nights. We’ve been in the past, and we guarantee you’ll be freaked by the seven different spooky setups they’ve created for brave souls this year. Grab tickets online in advance or head to the nearest 7-Eleven and prepare to scream like a little baby as you wander through Car-N-Evil, the Haunted Mansion, Keepers Doll Factory, and more. Enjoy the fear until November 1.
The Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival
The Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival is on this weekend too (until November 9) and is a great way to get out and celebrate the ongoing efforts of this community. Now in its 11th year, the festival features plenty of entertaining highlights including stories, poetry readings, dance and theatre performances, workshops, mixed media demonstrations, and exhibits. Check out the daily schedule of happenings and top picks here and get off the couch!
Annual Parade of Lost Souls
Halloween festivities extend into Saturday with the return of the Annual Parade of Lost Souls. This annual Vancouver celebration has been around for more than 20 years and is definitely not to be missed with this year’s theme being ‘Masquerade’ — featuring light, music, fire, and death. The parade kicks off at 7pm along Commercial Drive, with an after-party held at 1739 Venables St.
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
We’ve got two reasons to head to Chinatown this weekend and both will land you at the spectacular Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. Head down on Friday night and take in their popular Judge Dee’s Chinatown Haunted House for an eerie evening fueled by gruesome stories of death and horror. On Sunday, you can catch the final day of the special Dressed in Drama exhibit featuring Peking Opera theatrical costumes, shoes, jewelry, and decorative effects on loan from William Lau.
Will you be headed to any of these Halloween events this weekend? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @ViewTheVibe.